There’s this thing you’ve been wanting to do.
You think about it all the time.
You tell people you want it.
You write it down and imagine it.
But you don’t have it yet.
You just think about it.
And tell people you want it.
You’re not even sure how to get it.
Or are you?
There is one and only one obvious solution to feeling stuck.
What is it?
I told you it was obvious.
But for many people who struggle with fear, taking action is the last thing on the list of possible solutions to getting unstuck.
Instead of putting in the work towards our dreams, we want to think our way through it, get others to act for us, wait until we feel less afraid, plan and plan and plan, take a step and then give up or wish things would shift magically without any effort on our part.
But taking action, consistent action, is the only way to get unstuck and move forward. Taking action is the only way to have the life you’ve been dreaming of.
And if you’re annoyed with this obvious solution, here are 5 truths about taking action that might make it less scary:
1. Baby steps are still steps. It’s not the size of the action step that counts, it’s that you take it and then take another until you’ve reached your goal. Identify the first three baby steps and then take the first one. And by baby step, I mean things that can be completed in 5-10 minutes.
2. Action builds confidence. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you take action. Your feelings about what you can and cannot do are just that, feelings. Action will prove to you what is or isn’t possible and will build up a deeply felt belief within you to take future actions.
3. Actions breeds clarity. You will never be 100% sure that this dream you’ve been dreaming is really for you until you take action. Action will give you lots of juicy insight about the rightness or wrongness of your vision. Sitting and thinking about your dream will make things less clear.
4. Action makes miracles. I can’t count the times that magical circumstances have happened after I took a step. Taking action opens you up to all sorts of situations and coincidences that just don’t drop from the sky when you stand still. I personally see a spiritual connection in all of this, but you don’t have to feel the same way to benefit from it. Just take a step and then another and see what lines itself up.
5. Fearful action causes joy. There is no substitute for the joy and giddiness that happens after you’ve taken an action that scares you. You must walk through your fear to get to those feelings. Trust me (or ask around or test it out for yourself), it’s worth it!
I hope I’ve encouraged you to take a step. You don’t have to stay stuck one minute more. All it takes is one step and then another and then another and then you’re there. You can take your fear with you, just keep moving.
I’d love to hear what steps you’re planning to take and when. Share in the comments below and/or send me a note here.
Until next time,